Congratulations to the graduate students and faculty honored at the Graduate School Awards and participants of the Graduate Showcase of Scholarship and Creative Activities!

Both events highlight the important contributions that graduate students make to the JMU community.

Thank you to the faculty and students who support the Graduate Showcase and Awards as program planners, reviewers and members of the juries.

We are proud of the accomplishments of all our graduate students.


Outstanding Dissertation Award

Dr. Teresa C. Drulia
Communication Sciences and Disorders, Ph.D.
Advisor: Dr. Cynthia O’Donoghue
“The Effects of Lung Volume on Swallowing in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease



Outstanding Thesis Awards

STEM, Health, and Behavioral Studies

Jon David Cromer
Psychological Sciences, M.A.
Advisor: Dr. JoAnne Brewster
911 Calls in Homicide Cases: What Does the Verbal Behavior of the Caller Reveal

Education, Social Sciences, and Humanities

Erin E. Casey
Communication and Advocacy, M.A.
Advisor:Dr. Carlos Alemán
My Body, Our Illness: Negotiating Relational and Identity Tensions of Living with Mental Illness


The Graduate School Innovation Award

Kristen L. Smith
Assessment and Measurement, Ph.D.
Dr. Keston H. Fulcher

The Graduate School Community Engagement Award

Sarah E. Wilson
School of Music, M.M. in Music Education
Dr. David A. Stringham

The Graduate School Civic Engagement Award

Dr. Patra Reed
Nursing, DNP
Dr. Linda J. Hulton

Graduate Showcase of Scholarship & Creative Activity Awards

Graduate student presenters were awarded top honors from a jury of faculty and graduate students.

Top Presentation Award

Jon M. Stapleton
Music Education
Project Advisor: David Stringham
Music-Making, Learning, and Teaching in Participatory Cultures

Top Poster Awards

Christie E B Briskey & Elyse Marie Powderly
Occupational Therapy
Project Advisor: Elizabeth Richardson
Exploring the Impact of an Occupation-based Group on Self-Esteem and Self-Concept

Kathleen Burns
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Project Advisor: Lincoln Gray
Distractions in Hearing: Measuring Impulsivity in Service Members with mTBI

Sierra Wassell
Project Advisor: Christopher Womack
The Effects of Caffeine Ingestion on the Hemostatic Response to Simulated Firefighting Activities


Graduate Student Association IMPACT Awards

Student Honoree

Emily Kohl
Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication

Faculty Honoree

Dr. Kenneth 'Ken' Critchfield
Assistant Professor, Graduate Psychology

Program Honoree

JMU Occupational Therapy

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